Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Department of Agriculture and Food

Food Exports

Photo of Margaret ConlonMargaret Conlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 111: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the purpose of the additional €2.5 million allocated to An Bord Bia in the budget of 7 April 2009. [20324/09]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The additional €2.5m in Grant in aid to Bord Bia will be used, in particular, to assist companies severely affected by sterling depreciation and the resultant challenges created in the Irish and UK markets. Initiatives being planned by Bord Bia will focus specifically at helping companies to broaden their export reach in European markets and will include a more aggressive trade fair calendar, buyer meeting opportunities and market research. Increased support in the area of innovation will also be a core element of this programme.

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